ACS Clinical Research Program
Advances in the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer have led to greatly improved survival rates, especially for patients with liver-only disease. These new approaches have increased the role of surgeons in the management of these patients.
Deficits in perioperative quality of life and rehabilitation programs are described in this article, as are practical interventions for integrating the patient’s perspective into care management.
The past decade has seen a paradigm shift in the treatment of men with advanced prostate cancer, according to the authors of this month column, a result of improved understanding of disease biology, investment in basic research and identification of rational therapeutic targets, collaboration with industry, and design and completion of well-designed clinical trials.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has awarded three research funding contracts to the ACS Cancer Research Program of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology with the goal of developing a more patient-centered and individualized approach to post-treatment surveillance of colorectal, breast, and lung cancers.
The ACS Oncology Group Z1071 trial and sentinel lymph node surgery in clinically node-positive patients receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy are examined in this month’s column.
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- Patient-centered outcomes research: Is this really something new?
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- Are older adults adequately represented in surgical oncology trials?
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- The paradox of breast MRI: Does finding occult disease make a difference?
- Announcing the Surgical Standards Manual Project: A call for volunteers